ITF launches first knowledge management development tool
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IT Factory, has launched a development center for Microsoft, the industry's first visual development tool to enable organisations to build knowledge management applications on both Microsoft Exchange 2000 and SharePoint Portal Server.

The new development technology significantly lowers the cost, effort and training requirements for developing applications. What previously may have required a week or more of programming takes just hours using ITF Development Center for Microsoft.

"Our new center is not only an important tool for organisations to leverage the Exchange and SharePoint Portal platforms, but also to begin adopting SOAP and get on the path to using Microsoft .NET technology," said Lars Johansen, president and CEO of IT Factory.

ITF's Microsoft Expertise Center (formerly ECMS) has already undertaken several major projects using development center technology. Deployed applications include an enterprise-wide knowledge management system for a "big-5" professional services firm, a web-based team-room application, several CRM applications for Fortune 1000 companies, as well as a project for Microsoft itself to deploy a SharePoint Portal Server-based knowledge management system for Microsoft's worldwide staff of marketing professionals.

"We anticipate a significant demand among corporations and systems integrators who make use of Exchange 2000 and SharePoint Portal Server solutions," said Robert Ginsburg, IT Factory chief architect for Microsoft Solutions. "ITF Development Center essentially eliminates the need for developers to learn the programming, and allows them to develop their web applications using the object programming metaphor they are already familiar with."

About IT Factory
IT Factory solutions build upon an organisation's communications platforms, Lotus Notes/Domino and Microsoft Exchange, through the use of ITF business applications, tools, architecture and services, enabling the deployment of knowledge based solutions. Customers include IBM, Minolta, Nokia, the US Environmental Protection Agency. The company is headquartered in Boston, USA, with more than 400 people in 17 offices throughout the world.

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